Just One Life

I should be an orphan today. Or an only child. Or even nonexistent. Dead.

Last week, my family got into a really bad car accident. It is completely by the Lord’s good favor, His grace, His protection that we are all alive and breathing today. Sure, we had some aches and pains from the collision. And yes, we were pretty shaken up. But in the end we were okay. All we could keep saying was, “This should have been worse… How are we here?” It was completely beyond us that we would all survive…that we wouldn’t be seriously injured. In that moment, I remembered a verse I had read just the night before:

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

John 21:25

Wow. When I read this verse the night before the accident, I was reminded of my God’s power and miraculous works. I was reminded of how great He is! How mighty! How selfless! I was reminded of His character and His heart. John wrote these words centuries ago. And at that time he believed all the works of the Lord could not be contained on this earth. Consider how many people have come and gone since John’s time. His words are not obsolete, my friends. They are just as true today as when he wrote them. Truer, even!

Consider all the Lord has done in your life – just yours. Not in your family’s lives, not in that of your friends’. Only yours. Take into account every breath you breathed, every “close-call” you just barely missed, every illness you recovered from, every injury you were healed of. Those are just the physical things. Now consider every time the Lord protected your heart, every time He comforted your spirit, every time He brought peace to your soul. Consider each person He has lovingly placed in your life and each one He has graciously removed – consider the “how”, the “why”, the “when” of all these things. Think about His forgiveness of every sin, His mercy, His grace, His patience. Think about how relentlessly He pursued your heart. Each time you pushed Him away, He chased you. He waited for you. He beckoned you. Think about the Cross. Oh, the Cross! Every lash, every nail, every thorn that was endured for you.

Just in the span of one life, see how much the Lord has done! It would take bookcases and whole libraries to record all His works in just one life.

Consider all that Jesus has done and will do in the lives past, lives present, & lives yet to come.

Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. 

No truer words, my friends. No truer words!

If just one small thing had been different last week, my family would not be here. If the weather had been different, if someone else was driving, if we were in another vehicle, if we were just one exit further or one exit earlier, if there had been just one more car on the road, if we had reacted just a second later or even a second earlier – just one thing had to be different for it to have ended tragically. In that moment, the Lord literally worked every single last detail out for our good! The wind speed, the direction of travel, the angle of collision, the quickness of reflexes, the durability of the vehicles involved – all things worked together for our good. I always add “and for His glory” at the end of that to remind myself of this Truth: What He deems as good for my life, as BEST for my life, is also what brings Him the greatest glory. And great glory He did receive that day! Because all anyone could say afterwards was, “Thank You Lord! How great You are! How loving You are! By Your hand alone!”

The Lord protected us from physical death on that day. Which is important and amazing and wonderful, yes! But there was a far more important day 2,000 years ago when the Lord rescued us from spiritual death. And because of that day, because of His sacrifice, because of His victory, physical death no longer frightens me. Fear of the loss of my life or the lives of my family no longer has a hold on me. Because I know with all my heart, that death has lost its grip on us forever. Unlike the rest of this dying world, death is NOT awaiting me. No, LIFE awaits me. ETERNITY awaits me. JESUS awaits me!

Just one life. I am just one life. And if all He has done in just my one life was ever recorded for the world to see, there would be no end to the books written, no space big enough to hold the accounts of the millions of miracles He has performed in my mere 24 years.

All our yesterdays and all of our tomorrows
Held in Your hands, held in Your hands
All we know to pray and all we’ve yet to face
Is held in Your hands, is held in Your hands

Held in Your Hands | Rush of Fools

I am thankful for life, yes. But more importantly, I am thankful for LIFE. Yeah, those words look the same, but they feel different. Life in this world is temporary, fleeting, and dissatisfying. But LIFE is a relationship with LIFE Himself. LIFE is my eternal Hope. LIFE is Peace for my soul. LIFE is what cannot be contained on this earth. LIFE is what He is doing in and through us.

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

1 Corinthians 8:6

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